Yana Lewis came to India in 1998, on the 80th birthday of her guru, Shri B. K. S. Iyengar. About her visit, Yana says that the moment she stepped foot in India (Chennai), she knew that she had to start a trust to take dance to the street children in the country. She saw and met children in the slums in Chennai. Having performed for as diverse and unfortunate groups as the mentally retarded and individuals in reform homes, she had the appropriate capability and concern to initiate the trust. She feels that it is important to take dance to the less privileged to open up the world of imagination and visual stimulation for them, which can give them the ability to dream and aspire beyond their circumstances.